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The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development Version 4.7 Released

Subscribers now have access to the latest release of The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development, known as Version 4.7, in all formats. Just log into your Warescription page and download away, or set up an account and subscribe!

There is quite a bit in this new release, adding over 80 pages total:

  • A new chapter on creating second-screen apps using the Presentation class on Android 4.2

  • A new chapter on miscellaneous UI tricks, including full-screen mode and the delayed-timeout concept that I blogged about previously

  • A new chapter on CalendarView (in the Widget Catalog)

  • A new section covering BitmapDrawable and tileMode

  • Coverage of ViewPager pages contributing to the action bar

  • New material on having horizontally-scrollable contents in a ViewPager, with an updated example of having Maps V2 maps in ViewPager pages

  • Expanded material on location tracking in Maps V2

  • Began the overhaul to switch large-screen coverage to emphasize the Android 3.2 resource set qualifiers, like -swNNNdp

  • Some more material on configuring emulators, in particular setting up new devices

  • Coverage of the <meta-data> element in the manifest, with an example culled from Roman Nurik’s DashClock project

  • Updated the Kindle Fire chapter to cover the HD series of devices and the latest changes in their developer tool support

  • Added material to the content provider chapters on how to grant permissions to other apps on a per-Uri basis to access an otherwise-secured provider

  • A bunch of bug fixes and other minor improvements, including a bug fix to the EmPub reader app

Version 4.8 is tentatively planned for early May. This is subject to change, particularly if a new Android release (or a new tools release) shows up between now and then.